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Blog // Connect Ohio

Ohio Broadband Landscape 2013

By Lyndsey Kleven


Ohio’s Broadband Landscape 2013


In Connect Ohio’s efforts to increase Internet access, adoption, and use, our research and efforts have been developed into a report on Ohio’s Broadband Landscape for 2013.

Approximately 6.3 million adults in Ohio subscribe to home broadband service. This mean 71% of Ohio adults have a home broadband subscription, an increase of five percentage points from 2011 and above the national average of 66%.

Connect Ohio’s broadband mapping has validated coverage for 102 broadband providers, indicating that 97.6% of Ohio households have access to at least 3 Mbps download speed.

·        20,416 previously unserved households in Appalachia Ohio were provided broadband access through the assistance of Connect Ohio’s Technical Assistance staff and the Governor’s Office of Appalachia.

·        35,000 Ohioans have received Connect Ohio’s free 6-hour basic computer and Internet training through our partnerships with libraries, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services agencies, colleges, community action organizations, etc.

·        In cooperation with the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, Connect Ohio, and Chesapeake Energy, the Connect Appalachia Broadband Initiative has established a charitable fund with the Foundation of Appalachian Ohio to support training, refurbished computers, and Internet services to Appalachian Ohio households in need.

What is left to accomplish in 2013?

·        Although statewide adoption spiked, broadband adoption in Appalachia Ohio remained flat at 53%- with digital literacy, relevance, and cost cited as the primary barrier that leaves 1 in 3 Appalachian Ohio children without adequate Internet at their home. Statewide, 1 in 5 households with children do not have broadband service, meaning 540,000 children in Ohio are unable to use broadband at home for their schoolwork.

·        Nearly seven out of ten (or 234,000) low-income households in Rural Appalachia Ohio do not have home broadband service that could help connect them to better jobs and educational resources.

·        505,300 Ohio citizens in Rural Appalachia Ohio live in areas unserved by broadband providers.

·        81% of those who do not currently subscribe to broadband in their homes indicate that they do not possess the knowledge required to access the Internet or use e-mail.

Key Broadband Statistics for the State of Ohio

·        Ohio household broadband adoption rate has increased 16% since 2008

·        82% of Ohio residents own a home computer

·        45% of Ohio adults are mobile wireless users


Download the full version of Ohio’s Broadband Landscape here

Connect Ohio’s 2013 Projects:

Connect Appalachia Broadband Initiative (CABI)


Every Citizen Online

Connect Ohio Mapping Initiative


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